Miller, Grandad, Cliffwood and Hedgehog. These are the names of the bluffs that create the eastern border of my hometown, La Crosse, WI, which is nestled between them and the Mississippi River to the west. They are prominent features visible from almost anywhere in town. But there are bluffs found everywhere in the Driftless Area! These steep rocky outcroppings distinguish this area from the rest of the otherwise rather flat terrain of these states- Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois. “The Bluffs” is composed of all rock gathered from several hikes up Cliffwood and Miller Bluff with my brother and niece. Needless to say, many shipments were made back to Oregon- best flat-rate USPS deal ever! (I may be the only one that gets excited about getting a box of rocks in the mail.) It was a strange feeling to be recreating the bluffs using the actual rock. I could feel the history in my hands. Eliminating the trees that fill the valleys in between, the negative space gives full attention to the rocky faces of these gentle giants.
locally harvested rock (Miller & Cliffwood Bluffs)
60” x 36”